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Just when you thought 2020 couldn't get any worse, that dull but tolerable toothache becomes an ice pick in your jaw.

Telehealth dentistryThe pandemic has forced oral health professionals to take new approaches to dentistry, NCSL's Erik Skinner reports in the latest edition of State Legislatures magazine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered specific guidance for dental settings to help slow the spread of the disease. The recommendations sought to balance the need to control the rate of infection with the need to provide emergency or necessary routine care. Patients, however, generally chose to stay at home and put their dental care on hold for the first few months of the pandemic. This put many small clinics in danger of closing."

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